publication . Article . Other literature type . 2012

The Southern Ocean Observing System

Stephen R. Rintoul; Michael P. Meredith; Oscar Schofield; Louise Newman;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Sep 2012
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
The Southern Ocean includes the only latitude band where the ocean circles the earth unobstructed by continental boundaries. This accident of geography has profound consequences for global ocean circulation, biogeochemical cycles, and climate. The Southern Ocean connects the ocean basins and links the shallow and deep limbs of the overturning circulation (Rintoul et al., 2001). The ocean's capacity to moderate the pace of climate change is therefore influenced strongly by the Southern Ocean's circulation.
Subjects
free text keywords: Marine Sciences, Oceanography, Geology, Tropical Atmosphere Ocean project, Physical oceanography, Ocean heat content, Ocean gyre, geography.geographical_feature_category, geography, Argo, Climatology, Oceanic basin, Thermohaline circulation, Ocean current, Southern Ocean, Southern Ocean Observing System, SOOS, GC1-1581
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